The Evolution of a Missionary.
New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1914. Hardcover. Presentation copy to Pearl S. Buck, with the inscription, "To Mrs. Buck in memory of a real friendship formed when she was forced by international affairs to live for a while under my "thatched roof." Sarah Deforest Pettus. Peking March, 1932". With Pearl Buck's bookplate signed by her daughter Jean Lippincott at the rear paste down.
Sarah Deforest Pettus was the author's sister; she married William Pettus and the couple moved to China in 1906, as missionaries with the Young Men's Christian Association. The author, Charlotte Deforest (1879 - 1971) grew up in Japan, and was a missionary under the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. She served as president of Kobe College in Japan from 1915 to 1940 and as a social worker in the US for Japanese detainees during WWII.
Deforest's father, John Hyde Deforest (1844 - 1911), was a missionary under the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in Osaka and Sendai Japan from 1874 until his death.
8vo, portrait frontispiece, 309pp, advertisements pp, 7 sepia photographic illustrations. Map of Japan lacking. Three quarter dark brown leather with tan buckram boards. A bit rubbed and chipped at spine ends and corners. OCLC: 753242841. Very good condition. Item #22784